Lee Machell situates his practice within a vocabulary of commonplace objects that he invests with the status of sculpture. The main concerns of Machell's practice are its object centric sculptural statements and the orchestration of his work often calls for a topographical understanding of the space it occupies. In the works on paper each work's inception is an object which Machell, with minimum intervention, uses to create drawings that synthesize the various elements of his practice. In Cap (2013) Machell delineates an oil paint tube's screw cap with matches; as the heat permeates the plastic it captures the object’s minute detail on paper. Machell's sculptural works continue the reductive approach inherent in his works on paper, such as Handle (2012) in which two paint tubs' handles interlock to create a loop. As previously distinct objects – one part is "male" and the other "female" – a simple action serves to unite them as a sculptural entity that rests weightlessly on the floor's surface.

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Lives and works in London (UK)

Education

[2016 – 2018] MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London (UK)

[2002 – 2005] BA (Hons) Visual Arts (First Class), University of Salford (UK)

Solo Exhibitions

[2015] On Paper, OBJECT / A, Manchester (UK)

[2013] Detail, Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool (UK)

[2013] Interruption, Platform A, Middlesbrough (UK)

[2011] Drawings & Matches, Untitled Gallery, Manchester (UK)

[2006] Workings, Chapman Gallery, Salford (UK)

Group Exhibitions

[2018] (Forthcoming) Nevertheless, Hockney Gallery, London (UK)

[2017] Dimensions of Time, Crypt Gallery, London (UK)

[2017] Borders Borders, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh (UK)

[2017] WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London (UK)

[2016] Borders Borders, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London (UK)

[2016] The Drawing Show, Royal College of Art, London (UK)

[2016] Transparent Things, Vane, Newcastle (UK)

[2015] Shelf Life, PS Mirabel, Manchester (UK)

[2014] An Ocean of Storms, Untitled Gallery, Manchester (UK)

[2013] Rosie Farrell, Andrew Lim, Lee Machell, Carter Presents, London (UK)

[2012] 60 Drawings, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (UK)

[2012] Variable, Untitled Gallery, Manchester (UK)

[2011] Peering Sideways (Sorry for the Inconvenience), PSL [Project Space Leeds], Leeds (UK)

[2010] Association: Call Out to Collaborators, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (UK)

[2010] Assembly, Rogue Project Space, Manchester (UK)

[2010] Scholar’s Rock, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester (UK)

[2010] HAAA, CUBE Gallery, Manchester (UK)

[2009] Red Gallery, Hull (UK)

[2008] Artranspennine08, Salford (UK)

[2007] Ping/Pong, AACE, 13 bis, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

[2007] Galleria Le Grotte, Macerata (Italy)

Art Fairs

[2017] London Art Fair: Art Projects, London (UK)

[2015] The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (UK)

[2014] The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (UK)

[2014] London Art Fair: Art Projects, London (UK)

[2013] The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (UK)

[2012] The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (UK)

[2011] The Manchester Contemporary: Projects, Manchester (UK)

Press

[2011] The Manchester Contemporary, Aesthetica Magazine Blog

[2011] Drawings & Matches, A-N Interface

Publications

[2012] Leaving Las Vegas (ISBN 9780956043429), PSL [Project Space Leeds]

Collections

Private collections in the UK